Top Authors By Avg Views

I had a theory: EzineArticles authors who submit more than 100+ articles receive more average page views than those who submit less than 100 articles due to the law of numbers: Meaning, if you have more article inventory posted, you have a statistically higher chance at hooking a few home runs in terms of explosive page views that lifts your overall average. I was right and wrong, and here’s what I found out:

First, I sampled only the top 100 authors by submissions a few weeks ago to do some analysis. I should have sampled the entire database, but that’s a query that’s a little more intensive than we could run at the moment.

Of the 100 top authors by submissions (meaning, they had more than ~140 articles listed with us), here are the top 10 authors sorted by highest average views to their articles:

Authors with more than 1000+ articles listed with us, sorted by highest average article views came out at:

So, what did we learn from this data analysis?

o) That my theory is inconclusive because the dataset is incomplete. This analysis will need to be redone with including 100% of all 25k+ authors instead of only the top 100 by submission quantity.

o) That keyword intelligence in your article titles and body does result in higher overall traffic per article than just random writing without considering keyword intelligence & research. This assumption takes into consideration that the majority of the above listed top EzineArticles authors by average page views are keyword intelligent/aware vs. a newbie author who plunked out their first article this year without keyword research.

o) “Traffic source” has a lot to do with which articles achieve higher page views than others. Unfortunately, we don’t track traffic source per article to identify which source is responsible for the bulk of the traffic. Knowing each articles traffic sources (think 2008ish) would help to clarify which behaviors & actions by authors result in higher average page views per article.

Curious: What did you get from looking at the above numbers & analysis discussion?

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Keith Renninson writes:

Chris,

Would the depth of the list have anything to do with it? Let me clarify.

If a new publisher looks at an authors 1000+ list of articles, will he view a shallow number of them to obtain what he needs and therefore the articles deeper into the list won’t get the views that an article listed first would get? Over time the deeper articles won’t be viewed nearly as often…hmmm?

Someone like me who is new and offers a shorter list might get a greater number of hits because I have fewer to look at.

Just a thought…a statistician, I’m not.

Keith…..

Comment provided June 6, 2006 at 3:32 PM

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Lance Winslow writes:

Well Chris, I have studied this in total depth. First let me say that once in November I took two-weeks off and posted “No Articles” as I wrote None. Now then at that time my article average was 265 then. Also, I have many plus 10,000 article views articles and 35,144 Ezine Publisher Captures with 1,673,975 article views. Additionally when you are constantly posting 600 articles per month you actually drive your average down, but your totals go ballistic. Also it appears to me that if Ezine Publishers are specialists and most are then they look for those authors who are in category. The more articles you have in their category the more they will take to fill put in que for future issues or for those who have websites in Que to post on the site perhaps in the future.

Also I would like to point out that when an author writes a huge number right up front in a couple of months it takes time for them to drive upward. So, if I increase my rates of articles to 30 articles per day then my averages will go down temporarily and my total views will skyrocket. If I ever stop writing my article view averages will just be incredible and move up each week by a significant and noticeable amount.

Carrie Reeder has more as she has stopped for two-months before she resumes again. Michael Russell has increased his article posts to 500 plus per month recently and thus a large percentage of his total articles are new, without time to grow. Yet, judging by his titles and careful chosen subjects he is in fact using the system to the best of its purpose and he has indeed figured out the game.

Those authors who completely specialize and write articles for specific purpose, with careful thought to titles, key words and stay fairly specific will indeed increase their article view averages over time. Those who are the fastest movers will lower (only temporarily) their article averages until they take a breather. Yet, the total over all views will go up. Also I notice that your listings were taken at the end of April when I only had 5777 articles to finish the month, as I have 6424 now, actually 6464, but I have to post them later this week. Now then, remember that there are higher traffic months also and your article averages will change somewhat. I think the total views are more important than the article averages. Yet, I have maintained my steady 265 average throughout because I have increased the number of posts per month as a percentage of the increasing total you see, a little formula I use? Also realize that eventually if I reach a certain rate of articles per month and remain fixed that the average article views will go up or if I cut down on the average number per month or even stop they will climb quickly also. One also should consider the categories which are most searched on the Internet.

Additionally realize that if EzineArticles works hard to attract more traffic then there will be more views here thus higher average counts and that should be the goal of the EzineArticle.com website, both for their revenue and most bang for the buck for authors. For authors they need to consider something also, that just because an author me for instance has 1,674,035 (notice the change since I have been writing this post?) does not mean I do not have over 10-million or more total due to the RSS feeds and article publisher captures, (35,148 now, yes it changed since I was writing this). You see those articles are everywhere now? Those are my initial thoughts, if anyone wants to discuss these observations also?

Comment provided June 6, 2006 at 5:12 PM

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Lance Winslow writes:

Claification, in Nov. 2005 when I stopped writing for 2-weeks my averages went from 265 to 307. So let us be careful of comparing those who are most active, with a time advantage on the oldest articles pitted against the new ones of last week.

Comment provided June 6, 2006 at 5:17 PM

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Ed Howes writes:

Thanks to those sharing their observations on this post. There are a lot of variables to get a handle on here. One would expect the most popular articles to be the ones with attention getting titles and summaries in the most popular categories, which likely change from month to month.

As a newbie of six months at EzineArticles, I will share my observations. It took my first 30 days to submit roughly 30 articles and view averages were not especially high. I had written some fresh content and submitted that. That stimulated views on all articles, but not for long. I then read I should get all my back catalog posted and add fresh content on a regular basis and tried that. But I just did what was convenient and doubled my posting to about 70 articles. At this point, average views per article were steadily increasing over the course of a month. I then went looking for the rest of my back catalog and posted those with fresh content alternating, at a rate of about 10 new articles per month for the past two months.

There have been a few surprises. Some of the older stuff is consistently viewed, enough to keep them in the top twenty of 115 articles. The fun part comes when I submit a fresh article of wider than usual interest with a good title. Those start off with a daily average of about 10 views per day but seldom reach 70 for the week, which indicates the initial popularity is wearing off. It is a good week when my articles average one view per article per day and that requires one, maybe two small batch submissions with a few very popular articles. When I am inactive with submissions for a few weeks, which is often the case, view averages drop to about one per article every two days. This was enough to bear out the advice about regular weekly submissions, if one desires to keep daily average views near their potential.

Another factor to consider is the visitor to content ratio of the site itself. I am currently posting on another directory I discovered which has a high visitor to content ratio. With many of my titles and summaries posted on the rather static home page, my most popular article has pulled more views at this site in just 2 months, than my most popular at EzineArticles over 4 months. Of special interest is one particular article. “EzineArticles Dot Com”. When I checked views on that a few days ago, it was a horse race. I took great satisfaction that a competitor was doing so much to promote the article, giving it homepage prominence. When the competition promotes you, you have a bright future. :-)

I don’t know keywords and SEO yet and for personal reasons, do not care much either. I like short titles that make one wonder, over longer, descriptive ones so that is what I use. In short, I’m having fun learning the ropes and know I’m not the only one, thanks to this blog.

Comment provided June 8, 2006 at 8:49 AM

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David writes:

Actually, the analysis is very simple. QUALITY counts far more than Quantity. If you take an idea, make it interesting, find a way of actually providing a benefit to the reader (like useful info), etc… you will always beat out the mass quantity writers whose articles are meaningless mumbojumbo, or rewrites of theirs or others materials. The internet is now flooded with millions of poorly written or duplicate content articles – you have to make yours stand out! So, regardless what anyone says, 1 well written, interesting, and helpful article will count far more than 20 poorly written or duplicate, rewritten articles. Its funny that when you write and submit a really good article that not only do you get thousands of pageviews fast, but you also see your article and material rewritten by numerous others. The better the article the more copies. I guess plagiarism is in itself a form of flattery.

David

Comment provided June 10, 2006 at 12:50 AM

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